Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA) has obtained in-principle approval from the Central Government for setting up a spices processing cluster at Thodupuzha in Idukki district of Kerala. KINFRA proposes to establish the Spices Park for the processing and value addition of spices and spice products, offering facilities on par with international standards.
The estimated project cost of the Spices Park, which will come up in an area of 15 acres, is Rs. 12.50 crore, excluding the cost of the land. Twenty developed plots, covering an area of about 10.5 acres, will be allotted to SME spice/food processing units. Common facilities like telecommunication/cyber/documentation centre, raw material storage facility, marketing outlets, cafeteria and conference room will be available at the Park. Well-laid internal roads, power supply, water supply, sewage treatment and common effluent disposal facilities are the other features.
The project is funded using a grant of Rs. 6 crore availed under the MSE-CDP Infrastructure Development Scheme of the Government of India and a similar allocation of KINFRA/Government of Kerala. The detailed project report (DPR) for the proposed Spices Park will be sent to the Central Government for obtaining its final approval.
India is the largest producer, consumer and exporter of spices in the world. The country produces more than 65 spices in different varieties out of the 109 spices listed by ISO. Kerala, the leading producer and exporter of spices in the country, produces the largest volume of pepper, cardamom and ginger. Pepper export from Kerala through Cochin Port finds its way to nearly 50 markets all over the world. Other exports from the State include turmeric, curry powder, nutmeg, vanilla, maize, oleoresins and spice oils.
KINFRA plans to develop infrastructure for the spices industry as envisaged under the modified Micro and Small Enterprises - Cluster Development Programme (MSE-CDP) of the Government of India. It includes creating a cluster for spice processing sector, identifying and supporting entrepreneurs, providing infrastructure facilities such as developed industrial plots having dedicated power supply, water supply, communication system, security measures and marketing infrastructure, developing industry-specific infrastructure requirements and providing common infrastructure facilities for both post-harvest and processing operations with international standards.